Classic Transportation Expands in Allegan County

Classic Transportation and Warehousing is investing $5.3M to construct a 145,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to their corporate campus in Leighton Township, Allegan County. The new facility will include food grade storage, office space and a transportation terminal. Space will be available to lease January 2021. Read more 
$15 million in grant funding available for Michigan's farms and food processors to implement COVID-19 monitoring and mitigation strategies to protect agricultural employees and the state's overall food production industry. These grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and apply HERE
Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program matches funds up to $10,000 for businesses of 250 employees or fewer to implement training and health related safety improvements. Click HERE for the program brochure and click HERE to apply through August 7.
$3.5 million in grant funding is available for eligible small businesses of 50 employees or fewer in Allegan and Ottawa counties. Thirty percent of the funding will go to women, minority and veteran-owned businesses. Each grant is for up to $20k. Applications close August 5.
Learn more and apply HERE
Lowe's committed $55 million towards Local Initiatives Support Corporation's (LISC's) emergency fund for small businesses. The focus of the grants will be minority owned or rural businesses. Companies can apply for up to $20,000 in support. Applications close August 3.
Learn more and apply HERE.  
The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) helps manufacturers, including those whose sales have been directly hurt by imports and recent pandemic challenges. Click HERE to see the types of projects they assist with or email GLTAAC project manager Scott Phillips to learn more.  

Recent Bright Spots and News of Note

Celebrating what makes West Michigan a great place to live, work, learn, grow and start a business. 

New Products, New Markets

SoundOff Signal expands into fire apparatus market, answering the need for improved lighting for fire safety vehicles. 
BizStream released SymReport, a mobile-friendly employee symptom reporting and tracking app for businesses to run confidently and safely. 
FoggFiller launched a new air sanitizer, adapting their patented food packaging sanitizer technology to disinfect the air we breathe. 

Local Presence, National Recognition

 Gentex was recently named a General Motors Supplier of the Year. It is the 21st time Gentex has received the award in the award's 28 year history.
HireReach, an evidence-based selection process developed by Talent 2025 and West Michigan Works! was featured by Brookings Institute. Highlighted was Mercy Health's 23% turnover reduction using this equity in hiring program.
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital was recognized as a Fortune/IBM Watson Health™ 100 Top Hospital.

Public Partner News

Holland Charter Township released their Comprehensive Master Plan Unified Vision draft, avaliable for review and public comment through September 18. 
The City of Allegan received $137,650 in federal funds to rehab two downtown apartments. The project is part of the city’s plan to bring more housing and residents downtown. 
Ottawa County is seeking nominations for the Excellence in Equity Award now through August 31 recognizing individuals who impact the public sector field. Submit entries HERE.

Investor Spotlight

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital 

Ron Lewis, president of Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, reflects on leading a nationally recognized health system halfway through this history making year, recognizing the strong support and diligence from the community. Read more
New Investor Recognition
Lakeshore Advantage investor support positively impacts the region's economic health.  Contact Beth Blanton at to learn more. 
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